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Edited by John Lucas
Categories: 18th Century, Irish
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (180 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2003)
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Whence and what art thou, visionary birth?
Nature disowns and reason scorns thy mirth;
In thy black aspect every passion sleeps,
The joy that dimples and the woe that weeps.
How hast thou filled the scene with all thy brood,
Of fools pursuing, and of fools pursued!
(from 'Epilogue, spoken by Mr Lee Lewes in the character of Harlequin')
Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), essayist, reviewer, dramatist, novelist, librettist and poet, became one of the most popular authors in that 'age of authors', especially for The Vicar of Wakefield. In this selection of his poetry and prose, John Lucas reconsiders Thackeray's praise of Goldsmith as 'the most beloved of English writers', and reveals him as a more radical, formidable - and Irish - figure than the phrase suggests.
Goldsmith's 'wit, civility of tone and adroit handling of form' express, Lucas argues, the author's intelligence, integrity and concern for a society that he saw disintegrating into competing interests. The introduction, detailed notes and afterword on the contemporary context present a Goldsmith whose moral seriousness is as necessary to twenty-first century society as it was to his own.
Table of Contents
Introduction - John Lucas
A Note on the Texts - John Lucas
On a Beautiful Youth Struck Blind by Lightning
An Elegy on the Glory of Her Sex, Mrs Mary Blaize
The Double Transformation
Description of an Author's Bed-Chamber
On Seeing Mrs*** Perform in the Character of
On the Death of the Right Honourable
An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog
Stanzas on Woman
Edwin and Angelina
A New Simile
Verses in Reply to an Invitation
Epitaph on Edward Purdon
Epilogue to The Good-Natured Man
Epilogue to The Sister
The Deserted Village
Epitaph on Dr Parnell
The Haunch of Venison
Prologue to Zobenide
Epilogue to She Stoops to Conquer
Epilogue spoken by Mr Lee Lewes
[On Ovid's Epistles
From An Enquiry into the Present State of Polite Learning in Europe
From The Bee
From The Citizen of the World
The Revolution in Low Life
From An History of the Earth and Animated Nature
To Mrs Banbury
Afterword: Goldsmith and Politics - John Lucas
Notes - John Lucas
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